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People’s Truth: Scrap the anti-reservation Reservation Bill

Posted by n3wday on June 9, 2009

caste_system_India_CPI_MaoistThis article was published in People’s Truth.

Note to readers: From Wikipedia, “Reservation in Indian law is a form of affirmative action whereby a percentage of seats are reserved in the public sector units, union and state civil services, union and state government departments and in all public and private educational institutions, except in the religious/ linguistic minority educational institutions, for the socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or the Scheduled Castes and Tribes who were inadequately represented in these services and institutions.”

Scrap the anti-reservation Reservation Bill

The Rajya Sabha, during its winter session, passed the Reservation Bill in two minutes without debate. Till today Reservations are being extended every 10 years by executive order. Now they seek to institutionalize it; and while doing so they made sure to remove its teeth.

The casteist mentality and the brahmanical ideology of the Indian ruling classes is once again exposed during the last session of Parliament when an anti-dalit and anti adivasi Bill “The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Reservations in Posts and Services) Bill, 2008” was passed in Rajya Sabha without any discussion. The name of the Bill is quite misleading. Instead of protecting the reservations, The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Reservation in Posts and Services) Bill, 2008, passed by the Rajya Sabha in December 2008, restricts, cripples and wipes out, to a significant extent, the provision of reservation for the SCs and the STs. From various clauses in the Bill it becomes very clear that the objective of the Bill was not to implement reservation but to end reservation to ensure complete and legalized exclusion of Dalits and Adivasis from all spheres of development. Read the rest of this entry »

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